NATO fighter-jets conducting the Baltic air-policing mission from Lithuania and Estonia were scrambled three times last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
F-15 fighter jet
© Reuters / Scanpix

The Alliance's jets took off twice on Aug. 1: the first time to identify and escort two Russian IL- 20 planes flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad and the second time to intercept an IL-20 headed for mainland Russia.

The Russian aircraft had flight plans and kept radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre, but their onboard transponders were switched off.

An Il- 20 reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted on Aug. 18 en route from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. The aircraft had a flight plan and kept radio contact with air traffic controllers, but its onboard transponder was off.

Presidential candidates' teams trade accusations over campaign funding

The staffs of Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda , the two candidates vying to be elected...

Baltic countries and US agrees on cooperation format for energy security

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia met with the U.S....

Lithuanian experts: Zelensky calls snap election to avoid "sticks in his wheels"

Ukraine 's new President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday called a snap parliamentary election to give...

Early voting in presidential runoff, EP election starts

Early voting in the presidential runoff and the European Parliament election started in Lithuania...

Prosecutors: Ambassador to Russia might have committed official misconduct

Lithuanian prosecutors have changed the status of the country's Ambassador to Russia Remigijus...